Dampte is the professional name of African artiste born Oluwaseun Oluyole the eldest son with 4 siblings born to an Evangelist mother and Pastor Father in the 1980’s. Dampte finished his High School Education in Lagos, Nigeria and graduated Bellevue University, Nebraska where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Information Systems with an emphasis in Business.
Dampte like a number of other artistes started off in the choir as a child. He discovered and honed his innate talent for rhymes, word play, metaphors and his ability to weave those words into songs. Dampte’s path to recognition did not however follow the conventional. His first real taste of music was at a very tender age listening to the likes of King Sunny Ade (KSA), Ebenezer Obey, and other Nigerian musical heavy weights. Additionally Dampte has been influenced by the likes of other internationally known stars such as Jay Z, R. Kelly, LL Cool J, Jadakiss, Styles P, Warren G, Snoop Dogg, Treach (Naughty by Nature), 2Pac, Biggie Smalls, Wale, K’naan and a host of others. He also claims to take bites off Nigeria’s own NAETO C. Dampte follows his own path musically blending in rap with African undertones making his music uniquely his own.
In 1994 Dampte discovered and fell deeply in love with Hip Hop after listening to a musical compilation of some of the aforementioned artistes’ tracks. In 1999 after a lot of self-penning, Dampte recorded his first solo effort titled “J-E-S-U-S”, where he featured Rocksteady (of the now defunct 2nd Avenue) and Wreck (Now a member of Dem Mama Soldiers). After a long hiatus due to education, Dampte returned to the music scene with his massive hit single “Wine Your Tinkolo” that features Nigerian R&B star YQ. The single which was released in early 2009 and climbed various charts across Nigeria and internationally. He quickly followed up successfully with another massive hit single “Wapa”. Now known for his hit-dropping prowess, Dampte continued his upward push following up with his next hit “Ghetto” for which he filmed a highly regarded video.
The gifted writer and performer Dampte has an ever increasing repertoire and has been holding it down since before hip hop started ruling his native Nigerian airwaves. His stage performances have always been off the hook and have successfully been rocking audiences across Nigeria, Ghana, and elsewhere. He is currently living and performing in the UK.
“I used to love to just sit down and write but now, I sit down and spit.” Additionally Dampte states “I’ve got more anthems than any National…” .
Dampte spits in a track off his debut album “Los Gidi Certified” released March 2011. His debut album has got something in it for everyone. From laid back tunes to fast paced rhythms, Dampte has managed to compose and successfully record over 14 hits. Watch out for tracks like Times Two, Street Magic, Go Get Her, Ghetto and lots more. His debut album is titled “Los Gidi Certified” and is available on iTunes, Amazon and many other sites.
Rising star Dampte officially unveiled his brand new single “Are You Ready” crafted by multi platinum producer Goldhands. The dance music inspired song is a smash hit in the clubs across Europe, especially in the United Kingdom. “Are You Ready”, which features T-Pain’s Nappy Boy artist Tay Dizm, is now available on iTunes and was released via Bugatti Music Group. The single is a huge success with both fans and critics and it is receiving a great amount of attention from notable commercial radio stations around the country. YoRaps, Europe’s #1 urban online magazine, calls Dampte “the next to blow”.
Never content to rest, when he’s not performing Dampte is in his studio working and creating more tracks for his sophomore album which is yet untitled.